2011 The Spaniard
2011 The Spaniard
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A wine that will leave you mostly dead! A Rioja-style blend of Tempranillo, Graciano, Garnacha.

Made at Twisted Oak by Winemakers of Unusual Size, this swashbuckling Calaveras blend is so big you’ll need six fingers to hold the bottle. It’s inconceivable that one could resist these aromas and flavors as big as Fezzik himself. Share it with your special Buttercup, a Gentle Giant, or the entire Kingdom... as you wish.

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
We have quite a hodgepodge of tasting notes for The Spaniard, so rather than wrap a narrative of questionable cleverness around them, we’re just going to throw them right at you: “Cherry Black Currant bomb” “Cedar cherry berry” “Great gams” (gams?) “Fruitalicious” “Way better than beer” “A great [Italian] red” (that was one confused taster, and we won’t repeat the inappropriate ethnic characterization that rhymes with Winnebago.) Our favorite: “It’s turtles all the way down!” OK, so that last one is maybe too hip for the room (you can read about it on Wikipedia) - we’re pretty sure he was referring to the long finish
Awards
Gold Medal, Orange County (CA) Commercial Wine Competition
Vineyard Notes
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59% Tempranillo, Spaniard block
22% Graciano, Willow block
19% Garnacha, Colina Roja block
Food Pairing Notes
Meat! If you don't ever drink this with lamb, you're not livin' right!! Well-marbled beef by itself, or lean cuts of beef with rich sauces. How about a Spanish Paprika rubbed Ribeye topped with Applewood smoked bacon and Cabrale Spanish Blue? How about it?
Wine Specs
Vintage
2011
Varietal
Red Spanish Blend
Appellation
Calaveras County
Barrel Aging
30% new French, American, and Hungarian oak; 70% neutral oak
Alcohol %
14.8
Product Reviews
Carlos Cardenas's Gravatar
Carlos Cardenas
(May 20, 2014 at 6:04 PM)
The best Tempranillo en California MM! Aromatico, Sabroso!

Michael Sarna's Gravatar
Michael Sarna
(Jul 15, 2014 at 5:08 PM)
Tempranillo is quickly becoming my favorite grapes. Wonderful earthy notes, great berry flavors. So glad we found TW and el Jeffe..! We have sampled several of his wines and have never been let down.